Prostatectomy

Surgical procedure for partial or complete removal of the prostate

At IU Health, we provide three approaches for a prostatectomy—a procedure to remove all or part of your prostate. Depending on your condition, your physician will help you decide which might be best.

Radical Prostatectomy

Surgery may be used if the prostate cancer has not spread outside the gland. A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all (radical) or part (simple) of the prostate gland. Usually, patients do not need additional treatment after a radical prostatectomy.

Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy

The da Vinci robotic surgery system is a form of laparoscopy. Your surgeon removes cancerous tissue using tiny instruments controlled from outside the body. It requires only five or six small incisions, which allows for faster healing and less pain.

Potential benefits of this type of surgery compared to traditional open surgery include more precise removal of cancerous tissue, faster return of erectile function and improved chance for return of urinary continence. Our team at the IU Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center has performed more than 3,000 robotic prostatectomy. We track our results carefully to ensure the best possible results.

Open Radical Prostatectomy

We do offer open radical prostatectomy to our patients and perform this surgery on a regular basis. Generally, the reasons for an open radical prostatectomy rather than a robotic approach would be extensive previous abdominal surgery.

What to Expect

Radical Prostatectomy

Surgery may be used if the prostate cancer has not spread outside the gland. A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all (radical) or part (simple) of the prostate gland. Usually, patients do not need additional treatment after a radical prostatectomy.

Robotic Assisted Prostatectomy

The da Vinci robotic surgery system is a form of laparoscopy. Your surgeon removes cancerous tissue using tiny instruments controlled from outside the body. It requires only five or six small incisions, which allows for faster healing and less pain.

Potential benefits of this type of surgery compared to traditional open surgery include more precise removal of cancerous tissue, faster return of erectile function and improved chance for return of urinary continence. Our team at the IU Health Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center has performed more than 3,000 robotic prostatectomy. We track our results carefully to ensure the best possible results.

Open Radical Prostatectomy

We do offer open radical prostatectomy to our patients and perform this surgery on a regular basis. Generally, the reasons for an open radical prostatectomy rather than a robotic approach would be extensive previous abdominal surgery.

Patient Stories for Prostatectomy